tv Weekend News Al Jazeera December 27, 2015 11:00pm-12:01am EST
reporter who helped lead the investigation. in dallas, texas, cleanup is under way after a spring of deadly tornadoes that killed at least 11 people. and a new week is ushering in a new year. forces driving u.s. foreign policy in our sun evening look at the week ahead. >> we begin tonight with new accusations about the use of banned drugs in american professional sports. according to media reports the national football pleeg and major league baseball say they will investigate secrets of the sports dopers. al jazeera's investigative unit, infiltrated the cs they recorded hours of conversations with doctors and a pharmacist who
drug? >> absolutely not. this slapstick trying to insinuate, i had a bad neck, and i busted my butt to get healthy. put in a lot of hard work, i saw a lot of doctors, i went to the guyer clinic, he had a hyperbearihyperbaric chamber, te probably being my best medicine along with a lot of hard work, it stings me whoever this guy is insinuating i cut corners, i cut nfl rules to get healthy. it's a joke, a freaking joke. >> den rah davies -- we asked her about why he called the al jazeera report a joke.
>> this was eight months of a very rigorous journalistic report. actuarial sly, 20 plus hours of footage. every time we recorded him we reviewed the material, we looked to what was in it. we then primed liam with more questions to get more details. we have confirmed absolutely charlie sly worked in the guyer clinic. i rang them directly before the program went out and they gave me the precise start date that he worked there in 2011. we know for sure that growth hormone was shipped. to ashleigh mafning i manning i. >> we know for sure that he was there in 2013 and not in 2011 and there is a conflict there. what about the cooufntio accusae
fact that al jazeera is relying on allegations -- >> no, the allegation in the program which peyton manning hasn't actually addressed in his denial is that growth hormone was shipped to ashleigh manning in florida. questions that haven't been answered is how long did those shipments go on? hohow much was shipped, what was the total cost on growth hormone? growth hormone is a very, very severely restricted drug. it is not like almost any other drug. there are three very, very serious medical conditions which it is not just bad practice but illegal for a doctor to prescribe for anything oarng -- oash -- >> you said you. >> they have not denied that. the question is, how long, how
much, and what for? and if it is for as ashleigh manning and it might be, no one wants to intrude open her medical records, they need to confirm whether she did or did not have any of these three medical cn conditions it would e legal to have growth hormone. not the mannings but the doctor who has prescribed it and shipped it has actually committed a crime. that's the question that needs answering. >> regarding charlie sly, he has issued a recantation of his acclimation. let's play a little bit of that and then a question on the other end. >> the recordings of me was made without my knowledge and consent. it is my belief an individual named liam collins made though recordings. he is banned in united kingdom from running any investment
services. al jazeera absolutely false and unclear. be clear, i am recanting any such statements and there is no truth to any statement of mine that al jazeera plans to air. >> there you have charlie sly denying the claims, peyton manning denying the claims. the guyer institute denying. why go forward with the film? can you rg explain that? >> we told him precisely what was in the program. he didn't reply to us. you have to question whether someone who has spoken to you for 20-plus hours when they don't know they're being filmed says one thing when they clearly have something to hide. you've seen drugs in his fridge. you have siege a baseball player turn up at his apartment. do you believe what he said when he didn't realize there was anything to hide, or do you believe what he says when he knows he's if to be exposed?
>> well, another person that is interviewed for the film is eddie dominguez. he estimates that 20% of professional ball players are still taking performance enhancing drugs, major league baseball says that's not true. why give credibility to dominguez, when major league baseball terminated him two years ago with cause? >> they restructured their investigations unit and everyone in it was laid off. eddie was laid off. he was the only one that refused to sign a gagging clause which means he's pretty well the only one free to speak. mlb when they spoke to me off the record tried very, very hard to smear eddie. eddie spent six years in that unit. struggling to fight and catch the dopers. if anyone knows what they're talking about it's eddie dominguez. >> and i want to circle to one
last thing still hanging. the issue of charlie sly and when he was at the guyer institute, how do you reconcile the date differences? >> i ask simply tell you that i phoned the guyer. i said i want to do a viervetion check. they put me through to someone. she said yes i know who you're talking about. she went and gave me the records, precise start date that she was reading from the records of when he started there in 2011. i asked her did he work in the pharmacy, she said yes he was here a couple of months. i said oh it sown sounds like yu know him she says yes i remember him. >> the al jazeera network provided analysts plenty to talk about on saturday. al jazeera's ines ferre has that story. >> al jazeera's questioning into sports doping is sparking
questions in sports circles. these former athletes now espn analysts are standing by denver broncos quarterback peyton manning. >> he said he didn't do it, that's it, end of it. >> you hate this it get legitimized at all. >> the denver broncos support him you 100%. these are false claims made to al jazeera and we don't believe the report. manning's former team the indians colts wrote, peyton played 14 years the right way. he never took any shortcuts and it would be absurd to suggest he would have taken prohibited performance enhancing drugs. the quarterback hired ari fliesi fleiscler as part of his team.
i've never seen a player work as hard as peyton manning. he wouldn't cheat the game. tony gunge said: >> the league is not commenting on the documentary but reports from the washington post and the bleacher report cite sources close to the nfl saying, they will investigate th athletes mentioned in the documentary. ines ferre, al jazeera. >> mid nyad night eastern 9:00 p.m. pacific. in texas the death toll has now riz ton 11 following a string of tornadoes that rolled through dallas last night. officials report, twisters can in arkansas, oklahoma and alabama. ef 4 killed eight people and to the northwest, snow drifts in the panhandle, prompting
officials to tell residents there tonight to stay off the roads. altogether the severe weather across the south has been named for more than 40 deaths. today texas governor greg abbott offers his condolences. >> we pray and supports those who have lost a family member. we pray and support those who have had their homes destroyed, and their lives turned upside down. and i want you to know: that texas is doing everything we can to help you piece your lives back together. to help you better deal with the challenges that you are facing right now. >> kevin corriveau is here with the latest weather forecast. kevin. >> that's right. we have been watching the storm for several days now and since wednesday we have seen 40 deaths related to weather alabama to california as well. but of course last night in texas that was some of the motion severe weather we have
seen with the tornadoes. want to show you what's been going on right now. storm slowly making its way across texas. on the west side of it we're dealing with snow on the east side of it we are dealing with severe weather as well as flooding. what's happening, severe weather in parts of plns as well as as . aerial footage from the damage last night. this was sunn sunnyvailtexas. as david said, one was an ef 3, ef 4 packs winds of 200 miles per hour. what's happening now, more damage pushing through parts of arkansas. where you see the yellow we're talking about wind damage, winds up to 60 to 70 miles per hour
with those thunderstorms pushing through and we also have reports of tornadoes in parts of arkansas. the tornado threat has diminished slightly. we are not looking at tornado warnings anymore but still have tornado watches that are still in effect. the other side of the storm is the winter side and we are talking about the blizzard area and that very bright red here from new mexico, texas, as well as oklahoma. take a look at some of the video that came out of roswell, new mexico. the governor has declared a state of emergency because of blizzard conditions. highway 40 for about 200 miles has been closed in that area and the blizzard is supposed to stay in effect until tomorrow. the warnings up to the north, winter storm warnings as well as freezing rain advisories that are also in effect here. and also, the temperatures are way down in this area, lubbock is at 25°.
factoring in the winds, wind chill is a major problem, lubbock feels more like minus 3. lastly, one of the last thing the big storm is dealing with is the flooding going on across this area all the way to the south, parts of illinois, flash flooding, take a look at what's happening on the tennessee river where it has overflowed its banks because much the very heavy rain the last four days. expected to go up another two to three feet. this is going to be highest they have seen in the last ten years. the forecast looks like this tomorrow. we're going to see snow moving up to the north. one of the big problems david is this big icing problem. some locations will be seeing up to an inch of ice in locations. >> cold weather in the midwest and storms in the southeast. thank you kevin appreciate it. a new group of syrian refugees will arrive in canada on monday. >> they keep telling me is it
o. >> in iraq there are mixed reports tonight about the ground gains of the country's army in the fight against i.s.i.l. images of troops hoisting flags and celebrating the ousting of i.s.i.l. in the city of ramadi may be premature. pentagon officials say they're unable to confirm claims that the center has been overcome. osama ben javad says key gains do not spell victory. >> these are pictures of iraqi troops entering parts of southern ramadi. final push to retake the city after months of battles. they're helped by iraqi and coalition air support but progress has been slow. government forces are facing stiff resistance from i.s.i.l. and in the areas they have taken boopy traps and houses left
rigged with explosives are further slowing their progress. what happened was a quick surgical operation, proven much harder than iraqi forces have determined but. >> god willing in the next few days, we don't want to say the exact time for security reasons but our troops will take over ramadi. >> i.s.i.l. in many cases its suicide attackers are waiting in house he waiting for troops to enter before they blow themselves up. the elhos area, provincial buildings, iraqi force he say they have taken over these important locations from i.s.i.l. the antiterrorism forces say they have been drawn from the complex towards the east of the city. in the north there have been
multiple attacks. if government forces take these areas they will be able to cross the euphrates river. battles are being waged one house at a time. some are still trapped between the two warring sides it is a concern. equally important if not more. the popular mobilization forces, not taking the driving force in this offensive. deep in this conflict till be a challenge for the shia majority government to rebuild and rehabilitate what used to be a sunni majority city. osama ben javad, erbil, iraq. >> another group of syrian refugees is set to arrive in canada. headed to vancouver, he was the three-year-old boy who died early september. his body washed up on a turkish
beach. allen schauffler spent time with his aunt as she where prepares to welcome her rests. >> tima plans to work side by side with her older brother mohammed. >> he is a barber, he used to work in damascus also. >> mohammed, his wife and five children are scheduled to arrive next week. they are a few of the 25,000 cleared to emigrate to canada. set to take in another 25,000 next year. >> they keep telling me is it true, is it happening? we cannot believe it until we hit the ground in vancouver. that's when we know yes, we made it. >> reporter: but it should be a happier story than it is. it's hard tore syrian war continues and while refugees stream out of the region.
seeking safety and new lives in new countries. >> they've been victim. they fled their country by force not by choice. never speak about my family only, i always speak about the suffering of refugee. >> and the kurdi family knows that suffering intimately. having played a painful intimate role in waking up the world to this refugee disaster. these infants drowning along with their mother, the family of tima's younger brother, abdalla, he was on board the same smawt boat but survived. survived to bury his entire family in their home town of kobani, syria. >> he didn't care if anything happened to him if he said to me, i have three graves and if something happened to me will be the fourth one and i will be
more than happy to sleep beside them. >> abdalla has stayed behind to help other refugees and has no plans to leave. >> he said the poor and the needy are my family now. >> meanwhile, tima who is a canadian citizen now her husband and son are making plans for seven more people in their home east of vancouver. spare bedrooms have been furnished, a in bathroom is going in. pictures on the mantle means the family that was destroyed on the refugee trail won't be forgotten as the family that escaped settles into a new world. >> so me, to welcome them here, only one family, one brother and his family, it's make me happy. but i'm still -- i'm not finished. >> not finished helping others. and not finished asking world leaders for help. >> i want to tell the world: stop the war. stop the war.
al jazeera's investigative unit recorded hours of intrif intervs with a pharmacy, of doping, claims the players deny. in afghanistan a car bomb has exploded outside the kabul airport. it happened outside a gate used by nato and coalition forces. the interior ministry is providing confirmation of the incident, also details of more violence this. sunday and a regular look at the week ahead. this coming friday marks the coming of a new year. closer candidates running in presidential primary elections. the key question for many candidates involves the fight against i.s.i.l. and u.s. policy towards syrian refugees. but for all the campaign promises and pledges the policy promises for another year will
belong with president obama. in the wake of recent attacks in paris and san bernardino, he has called defeating i.s.i.l. a top priority although republicans say his policies are not aggressive enough. the president will also need to focus on other foreign policy concerns including the transpacific partnership and withdrawing most u.s. troops from afghanistan. al jazeera'al jazeera's patricis moor. >> many of the issues that commanded the attention of u.s. policy makers in 2015 are likely to dominate the new year as well. i.s.i.l. is likely to top the agenda now that the united nations security council has approved a road map in syria. the syrian government and the opposition are expected to get underway in january. differences are substantial. including the competing objectives of global and regional powers as well as the future of syrian president
bashar al-assad. as diplomats talk the human toll in syria continues to rise. more than a quarter million people have been killed in the conflict while millions have fled. human tide that shows no signs of slowing. how to deal with the crisis is fracturing europe along east west lines while in the united states president obama's pledge to take in a mere 10,000 syrian refugees has become a political flash point in the 2016 u.s. presidential raise. resolving the conflict in syria and attacking i.s.i.l, plunging oil prices and western sacks, russian president vladimir putin used his end of year press conference says he wants improved is relation with the united states and would like the conflict in ukraine settled, whether it's possible to reach a settlement is hard to say and
russia's deepening involvement with syria only makes its relationship with united states more complicated. armed group has lost 14% of its territory this year and evidence is emerging that the u.s. pled strategy of targeting oil centers is taking a bite out the of the group's finances. but that hasn't stopped its recruiting medicine or attacks in middle east or other parts of the world. beijing and washington coming together on climate change and talking more openly about cyber-spying but the two moved further apart over the south china sea, or artificial islands. boasboth governments have kept
tensions and rhetoric from escalating out of control but with u.s. presidential election on top for 2016, the public discourse surrounding china's muscle flexing and u.s. influence could become far more heated. all in all a challenging agenda for 2016. patricia sabga, al jazeera, new york. >> joining us now is jain jamesb and andrea bartoli. priority with syria some candidates say that assad must go and there are others that suggest wait a second, because russians are supporting soofd, , let's try to get everyone to focus on i.s.i.l. who's right? >> the once who think that assad cannot be a partner against i.s.i.l. are right. i mean, there's an argument about how much assad actually
assisted the rise of i.s.i.l. i can't be certain about that. at the very least he ignored them for a long time. they had a kind of nonaggression pact. his focus has always been on the domestic rebellion. i.s.i.l.'s attack was not against assad, it was seizing its own territory. now that i.s.i.s. has begun to threaten assad he has turned towards them a bit. but you look at the focus of russia's military effort almost entirely against the nationalist or mainstream rebels who the united states believes are the only potential future source of legitimacy in the area. so the future is going to be not with assad, without assad. >> do you agree? >> no i don't. the future is for those who will negotiate. peace process must be creative. you cannot have a solution precooked and i think that one of the problems that we have in the past is that people put too many conditions in to starting
even thinking about a possible political solution. so we do not know, actually, what the outcome will be. but definitely, it's important that they are starting to talk and that the talks actually continue. >> but when the democratic front runner hillary clinton say you know what we have to do both at the same time and i insist that assad must go, you say she's wrong by putting that priority there. >> the americans are pragmatic enough at this point to actually enter into these negotiations as they are. and i believe hillary as the candidate is not the president, is not is department of state. kerry has been involved in the attempt to explore political options. i would be surprised if the negotiations are completely on assad. i think that syria is a complicated puzzle. it is a very, very complicated puzzle. >> james as far as peurnt is
concerned though -- putin is concerned though, if the united states continues to operate at odds, there is a flash point between russian forces that are trying to help assad and u.s. airplanes trying to help opposition groups. >> why obama should have acted in 2012 before russia was involved and for that matter before iran and hezbollah were involved was it might have been possible then for the united states to have more aggressively supported the mainstream rebels and actually forced assad to make the political decision to withdraw. now, it's vastly more complicated. if you think about having a no-fly zone for example, does that mean you are barring russian planes from the no-fly zone? >> doesn't that make the argument that because it's more complicatenow, the best thing to say give putin when he wants, let assad stay there for a while
and focus on i.s.i.l? >> there are several problems with your premise. if you legality assad stay, we can focus on i.s.i.l. the russians do not accept the distinction and the syrians do not accept the distinction. from their point of view their yieidea to focus on i.s.i.l, thy won't do it. if you can make a pragmatic case, forget the fact that assad is a monstrous war criminal, he might be the instrument to putting to end i.s.i.s, therefore he is not and we can't make that argument. >> given the relationship between putin and the united states, how important is it when there's a approximately candidate like donald trump who says, i'm going to get along with vladimir putin, we respect each other, do you believe that kind of relationship is worth the cost? >> i think that relationship is very important but very dangerous and i think it's very important to have principal
sense of what a relationship is. i think it's very important in the syrian case to have the russians on board than to have kerry announcing the agreement of the security council together. i think there is something very, very important about russians and americans working together. i don't think that you can only have a putin focus when you have such a complicated pus puzzle n syria. >> andrea, how does the world solve this given fears that so many people legitimately have, that some of these refugees are really i.s.i.l. fighters trying to slip into europe or the united states? >> there are a lot of i.s.i.l. fighters that are actually in the united states and in europe. they are not just sleeping. they are not necessarily people that came here, i think it's very important to recognize that actually the refugees are refugees because there is a war. so the sooner we solve the war, the sooner we have a political agreement that gives the ability
to the region, the less possible is for i.s.i.l. to actually have that kind of pressure. >> let me also distinguish between the american and the european reaction to the refugees. in europe where there is also very strong political action to the refugees, it is not about terrorism. it is the fear that the europeans cannot intlai can cane the number of people. we can't close that faucet and there will be no i.s.i.s. in both cases the effect has been like an earthquake. i think in both cases in the united states and europe liberal values including the responsibility to accept refugees are under an incredible amount of pressure. >> but isn't the pressure also though the fact that americans don't trust in institutions right now? they don't trust that the government is going to do a very good job of looking at the backgrounds of these refugees and trying too keep the right ones coming in and the wrong
ones keeping them out? >> yes, but if you think that politician he have the responsibility of the public to hear the republican candidates speak in this fear mongering voice come meanwhile canada which faces the same threats we do takes 25,000 people and does so with remarkable calm. so it forces you to ask: what's wrong with the united states? >> right and the united states which has taken 2,000 over the past four years and simply wants to ratchet that up to 10,000 next year. let's move to afghanistan, the president wants to remove all u.s. troops from afghanistan over the next year. andrea is that possible? >> i don't think so. i think the american troops will stay in afghanistan for a long time, in one way or another. another long term investment for the american presence. can't imagine it being capable of having the peace process that it's dream dreaming, working on
without having the american support. i think what we will see is some form of the actuality of the plan. >> the obama administration is in the midst of the counteroffensive now. >> and there's an i.s.i.s. spillover effect. it is not clear how significant a role i.s.i.s. playing in afghanistan but our experience is that you see a little i.s.i.s. pinprick and then it grows so in afghanistan you have that, too. so i think that will increase obama's already existing concerns about the threat the taliban pose. so this distinction of troops, no troops, it's a little artificial. there will be troops. they will have increasingly constrained roles, the numbers of them will be smaller but i think andrea is right, there will be troops there for a long time. >> speaking of constraints, it seems like the united states seems somewhat constrained in terms of the chinese being more aggressive in the south china sea, asserting themselves over a
series of islands there the united states flying some planes over it. where is that going? >> well, in u.s. china relations there are some things that are zero sum sum and some that are positive sum. above all climate change. the problem with the south china sea is it's zero sum. it's either yours or mine. it's either china's or philippines or vietnam or whomever. i think the united states in its very traditional role of guarantor and patroller ever the open seas. it has to say that china is not allowed to unilaterally annex these things. that's going to be a real source of friction. >> anandrea james mentioned climate change. there is no enforcement mechanism, there's really no way to try to make sure that all these countries will meet their obligation. >> i don't think so, i think
occurrence will actually do their best to keep their obligation not just because there are enforcement mechanisms but in the case of the u.s. prior, kyoto did better than expected. >> but there's no that china keeps its obligations. >> china may surprise the world, china has an interest in actually becoming much more serious about that particular agenda and i think when we look at the pacific we also need to realize one, that it's been one of the remarkable success stories of the last 50 years. you know very peaceful after vietnam, i think there's a very interesting shift in this famous pacific peace, and i think that to see this only as a u.s.-china bilateral issue is wrong. there are many countries over there. many countries that have a very, very significant interest in keeping the political dialogue open. so i think that we can actually be surprised by the capacity of
asia to come up as a model for evolution for the plenty as a whole. >> we are five weeks now from the iowa caucuses, six weeks from the new hampshire primary. what effect will all of these issues have on the election? >> if people are thinking in europe, what would it mean for donald trump to become president, i think trump m is going to probably fall flat. what does it mean if ted cruz would become president? >> yes, the world is obsessed with the united states in the way americans have trouble understanding. so people follow the primaries but they also know it is a big crap shoot and who knows where it's going to end up. >> andrea, do you think there is something we ought to be keeping
a watch on in 2016? >> i think the evolution of the international system itself is under strain. you have a lot of situations in which tensions are emerging and the question is, will people will state, nonstate actors, will international organization be able to cope with that kind of strain? >> you want to finish that off? >> yes, to me i worry about the rise of the right wing parties in europe, switzerland, austria, france, even in sweeten, the right wing nationalist nativist party. i really worry this threatens the liberal center of europe. >> james shaub and andrea bartoli. we thank you for coming. we appreciate i. here is a look at other stories we'll are watching in the week ahead. russia will begin building nuclear reactors in iran.
country. al jazeera's andy rosegen has the story about the bik backlash. big backlash. >> it was the dance to remember on the university of missouri campus moments after tim wolf resigned in early november. he was accused of failing to take complaints of campus racism seriously. >> i'm resigning as president of university of missouri today. >> missouri student body president peyton head said nothing made him prouder than that moment. >> that's when change comes about, conversation that leads to action. >> the missouri protest started small. student 1950 was only formed in november, then a graduate student started a hunger strike. then the football team threatened not to play. wolf stepped down less than a
day later. college campuses around the country, minority students demanding a bigger say in how schools are run. but the protests also triggered a wave of criticism for incidents like this. missou protesters declaring the middle of campus as their own safe space. critics called the protesters babies. >> people sent diapers to the university too. >> did they have a point? >> you know, i think that all of it is a learning experience for everyone. for me, i wouldn't want to you know infringe on somebody's freedom of speech. i don't think that was the goal or freedom of press. >> critics also said that by trying to insulate themselves from opinions they disagree with, the protestors were both stifling free speech and make it
harder for themselves when they get out into the real world. but peyton tips that idea on its head. >> whether we start getting into the workplace we are going to be interacting with people all the time who are differently from us. who when we're dealing with business you can't be in the business school and only know about your identity. what did you have to do when you go to china and give a business presentation? >> there is a backlash of a backlash of students. two state lawmakers introduced a bill that would revoke the scholarship of a athlete who refused to play for reasons other than health. legislators how old and less than 24 hours later, the bill was dropped. peyton's biggest protest regret, that jobs were lost at the top. >> i wish they would have listened. >> but he won't apologize for
the sometimes messy march towards changes. >> we are all missou tigers. >> andy rosegen, al jazeera. now turns out that modern medicine may be able to learn at least some things from religion. al jazeera's kristin saloomey explains. >> kimberly brown suffers from a number of medical issues including a tumor in her breast. but as a practicing jehovah's witness, she refuses anything, essence of a person's life or soul. >> i was raised a witness all of my life, that's all i know. i have complete trust and faith that if anything happens to me my family will be okay. but i'm human. and i do get nervous. >> so when it came time to
remove the tumor, in addition to god she put her fate in the hands of inc. lwoo inglewood ho. >> in a surgery you expect high blood loss, you make sure the patient is optimized, patient should take iron or build up their blood count in preparation of surgery. there is really nothing special the patient has to do ahead of time otherwise. >> kimberly's procedure is fairly routine but in an emergency her beliefs take a common treatment option off the table. her father and brother underwent open heart surgeries here also without transfusions. the practice of treating patients without bloods transfusion he was developed for those who have medical objection to them. bloodless medicine as a result the number of transfusion he in
the united states is going down. doctors can bank or recycle the patient's own blood as an alternative, as was the case in this open heart surgery. because transfusion he cause an immune reaction and blood can be contaminated they come with risk and in recent years studies have confirmed what hospital he like inglewood have experienced firsthand. less blood often deals with better outcomes for some patients. >> the good the blood may have for them may outweigh that risk but 40 to 60% of transfusions in this country for no good reason. >> and while kimberly says she would risk death rather than accept another person's blood, she's happy that alternative therapies give her a chance to live without compromising her beliefs. kristin saloomey, al jazeera, inglewood, new jersey.
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